Wind turbine fallout: roads take a pounding

1297552946135_ORIGINALSimcoe Reformer, By Monte Sonnenberg
JARVIS  – Wind power companies have done a lot of damage to roads in Haldimand County. Each of the 168 wind turbines put up by NextEra, Capital Power and Samsung requires 40 truckloads of cement to anchor the base. Then there are the dump trucks filled with soil and gravel and the cranes and heavy equipment required to move parts of the giant structures around.

Most of this is happening on concession roads, culverts and bridges designed to carry the occasional heavy truck and tractor.

Fortunately for Haldimand taxpayers, the county thought about this before the wind companies went to work. Agreements require the companies to restore Haldimand’s roads to the condition they were in before construction began. Work in this direction has begun in west Haldimand now that the NextEra and Capital Power projects are in place. Read article

8 thoughts on “Wind turbine fallout: roads take a pounding

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  2. “Haldimand has a half-load restriction on back roads from the first of March till the end of April. However, the limit has been waived for turbine construction.”

    Exactly, just as ordinary fire marshal investigations and a host of other minor ordinances have been waived for the foreign wind companies. The question is why? The Liberal GEA requires local councils to accomodate the wind companies plans, it doesn’t require them to bend over backwords to please them. Road and other construction by laws should be strictly enforced whether dealing with small local construction firms or Samsung. Imagine that happening in present day Ont.

    • The reason these restrictions are waived is because money talks — the people in councils, etc. “believe” all the garbage about jobs and extra money the town or area will get… they (wind companies) neglect to say all the heatache – in peoples lives, extra cost for the replacement of roads, etc. Oh well they’re “green” 🙂
      sad people don’t realize the problems until later

  3. “The wind companies are not paying for the paving, at least not directly. The $1.5 million required will come from Haldimand’s Vibrancy Fund, which is a reserve the wind power companies pay into as the county’s share for hosting this infrastructure.”

    I thought this money would be used for libraries, rec centres, and parks? Or, better yet, an expense ad campaign to get people to want to live here again?

    Quite the shell game.

  4. I don’t think 1.5 Million is going to fix the roads in Haldimand. Is 1.5 Million a year?

  5. How could this be happening in Haldimand when NextEra is one of the 100 most ethical companies in the world?

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